I know there are a significantly larger number of trails and mountains in Colorado, Utah, California, etc but New Mexico does have a decent amount of iconic trails begging for FKT competition.
Just off the top of my head there is the 16M trail to the top of Wheeler Peak 13,000'+, a car-to-car time for the La Luz TH>Sandia Crest>TH, and a traverse (or round trip) of the entire Sandia Range starting for the South Crest TH to North Crest TH, which is 20M+ total distance.
Has anyone done these? I'm a little surprised at the complete absence of any FKTs in New Mexico.
I plan to post times for all these once winter is over, but I'm a mid-packer and would love to see someone attack these.
Post by millerman40 on Mar 11, 2014 14:20:47 GMT -5
visited my sister in ABQ over Christmas this year and ran up LaLuz and cut over across the ridge to the tram and back down again. what an amazing run! the trail had a pretty good amount of snow once you got near the top and the ridge was snow packed and slippery, but if i get back before it gets too hot (and i am in race shape), i'd love to grind out an attempt at an FKT on La Luz. what would be the start stop points? parking lot where the small red/brown "LaLuz Trail" sign is located and stop/turn around at the light brown sign reading "LaLuz Trail, Home of the La Luz Trail Run, Adopted by the Albuquerque Road Runners Club"?
Post by travismcwhorter on Dec 7, 2014 20:45:29 GMT -5
Millerman, officially the race is 9 miles. The first two starting at the bottom on pavement (just past the cattle guard) and then the next 7 miles up to the guest house. Where you turned right at the "La Luz" sign about a mile before getting to the tram, instead you would take the trail to the left. Those are the official starting/stopping points.
No one has beaten Al Waquie's course record in over 30 years!
I did the Sandia Traverse north to south today (Tunnel Springs to Three Gun), but I'm hardly in "race" shape, and there was too much snow up high for a serious record. Still, it's a nice ~25-mile run, and since TS and TG are supposedly at the same elevation, they make convenient endpoints.